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by John2
Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Mark and Qumran - The Teacher of Righteousness?
Replies: 10
Views: 154

Re: Mark and Qumran - The Teacher of Righteousness?

In the big picture I see Mark being associated with the DSS in the sense that they are both Fourth Philosophic writings, with the DSS being pre-70 CE and Mark being post-70 CE. I see Mark as being a post-70 CE account of the pre-70 CE Fourth Philosopher he liked (Jesus). Both the DSS and Jesus oppos...
by John2
Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Mark and Qumran - The Teacher of Righteousness?
Replies: 10
Views: 154

Re: Mark and Qumran - The Teacher of Righteousness?

Greek is over my head, but it looks like it would make sense contextually if 7Q5 was Jeremiah considering that the Letter of Jeremiah is among the identifiable scrolls that were found in cave 7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_manuscripts_from_Qumran_Cave_7 In the big picture though I don't th...
by John2
Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Simon Magus
Replies: 12
Views: 334

Re: Simon Magus

For me the bottom line is if everything else is post-Acts speculation and all we are left with is Acts, then I don't see any reason why Simon Magus couldn't be Josephus' Simon.
by John2
Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Simon Magus
Replies: 12
Views: 334

Re: Simon Magus

Ben C. Smith wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:36 pm
The statue is a famous misunderstanding. It seems to have been dedicated to Semo Sancus, not to Simon Magus.
Right, but it is a (relatively late) misunderstanding (i.e, "post-Acts speculation") shared by Justin and the Acts of Peter.
by John2
Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Simon Magus
Replies: 12
Views: 334

Re: Simon Magus

And it looks like the information that Justin provides about Simon Magus is also in Christian writings that are dateable to his time (the Acts of Peter and perhaps an early form of the Clementine writings), which he could have had access to or heard about from other Christians rather than from ethni...
by John2
Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Simon Magus
Replies: 12
Views: 334

Re: Simon Magus

And here is what Justin says about Simon Magus in Trypho 120 (which appears to support what Crown wrote above): For I gave no thought to any of my people, that is, the Samaritans , when I had a communication in writing with Cæsar, but stated that they were wrong in trusting to the magician Simon of ...
by John2
Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Simon Magus
Replies: 12
Views: 334

Re: Simon Magus

Hi again John2 Justin self-described as Samaritan (although the truth of that claim is unclear), and if so he would be a primary source for the existence of a Simonian movement in the early second century, independent of Josephus or Acts for that much. Similarly, Celsus apparently encountered a Hel...
by John2
Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Simon Magus
Replies: 12
Views: 334

Re: Simon Magus

I'm thinking that the reason why Josephus and Acts mention so many of the same people and (Luke-) Acts arguably emulates Josephus (as per Mason) is that (Luke-) Acts was written by Josephus' patron Epaphroditus, who I think could be the same Epaphroditus Paul mentions in Philippians in the context o...
by John2
Fri Apr 19, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Christian Texts and History
Topic: Simon Magus
Replies: 12
Views: 334

Re: Simon Magus

And now that I think about it, Felix, Drusilla and Bernice (who are also mentioned in the passage above) are also mentioned in Acts, which I think makes Josephus' passage even more relevant (particularly when you factor in the idea that Acts used Josephus). If Josephus' Simon is Simon Magus, it woul...